I am trying to record a lecture using Photo Booth on my Macbook but I want to be able to record what the professor has on the board. Unfortunately, photobooth seems to have a mirror image, so that all the writing is reversed. How do I get the camera to be a normal non-mirror camera?

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Record using QuickTime.

File > New Movie Recording

I was having same problem and rather than change PhotoBooth to flip all images, I use one app to record people making fun faces and another for lectures.

  • Thanks! Note you don't have to record in QuickTime, just choose 'New Movie Recording' from the File menu and it will preview the camera without recording.
    – John
    Jul 11, 2020 at 16:44

In the menu bar click Edit, then "Auto Flip New Items". After you do that, the photos and videos you take will capture what the camera sees, and not reverse it.

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    Does this affect the on-screen live preview? It didn't for me... it's still reversed.
    – LarsH
    Sep 24, 2015 at 19:48
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    @LarsH Weirdly, auto-flipping videos doesn't seem to work for me in Yosemite. It still works for photos - the preview is mirrored, but the resulting image is flipped back. Sep 24, 2015 at 21:29
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    Unfortunately, this works only for photos. Oct 15, 2016 at 20:37
  • Answer by Billy Sticker is great workaround (not using Photo Booth).
    – cellepo
    Nov 16, 2018 at 21:51

I had exactly this problem for a presentation, so wrote a app called QCamera which supports both mirrored and normal capture. You can download it for free from the Mac App Store.


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    Thank you for this. I had a presentation to give tonight in which I was showing a live (not recorded) webcam feed on a big external monitor. I couldn't do it in PhotoBooth without it being reversed. I downloaded QCamera and it worked like a charm.
    – LarsH
    Sep 25, 2015 at 2:11
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    You should have said, "I wrote this app just to answer this question"
    – redolent
    Aug 1, 2018 at 0:51
  • Thank you! I spent an hour trying to get VLC to do this without lagging and stuttering - this worked right away. Sep 30, 2019 at 18:56
  • Alas, it doesn't seem to work well with other applications. E.g. It won't fix the problem in Skype. Jan 18, 2020 at 23:47

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